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Business 101: Let’s Business

Running your own business is impossible, right? Wrong. Strap in folks, we’re about to learn the ins and outs of business.



Bears of the world! It is I, your friendly local woodworking bear!

First, let me give a sincere thank you to everyone who has helped us get to this point. Beartaria Times is going to be an incredible outlet for those looking to grow, build, and improve. The logos pouring from our group of editors is truly overwhelming, and we hope to bring all of you content throughout the week which will help inspire you to live righteous lives.

For my first contribution to this wonderful new platform, I’d like to lay out how the business section will operate. Business articles are typically boring. Not here, my friends. Nobody will be having more fun than us.

If you would have told me even 3 years ago that one day soon I would be operating a full-fledged small business out of my single car garage of my modest townhouse which I rent, I wouldn’t have believed you for a second. The idea would have been taken as nothing short of preposterous. Running a business is for rich people with ivy league educations, right? In order to effectively run your own business, you need to go to business school where you’ll learn the occulted knowledge of selling goods and services, while also racking up enough student loan debt to cripple you for decades, right?

Wrong. On so many levels.

In this section, we are going to break down why that is wrong. I’ll be providing my personal experience with starting a business from scratch, with no guidance whatsoever, so all of you who wish to do the same may do so easier. All of my mistakes, all of my successes, practical tips, business wisdom, will all be found here within these pages. Every who, what, when, where, why, and how will be covered. As business editor, it is my goal to show all those reading that owning and operating your own business, and in turn boosting your self reliance when it comes to obtaining financial freedom, is not only attainable for anyone, but it’s quite simple and endless amounts of fun. There are stresses to be had, of course, but you will find that everywhere in life. Here, we grow.

Also in this business section we will be doing business features. The concept is simple, and we’ve all heard the phrase “Support what you love or it goes away” many times. It’s time to start supporting what we love. If you’re a bear with a business, the feature articles are where we will highlight your business for all to see. To be featured on Beartaria Times, please scroll to the very bottom of the site and click on the “Contribute Works” button. You will find all information pertaining to being featured there.

And, to keep this fun train rolling, I will also be doing a weekly Q&A article with any specific business questions I receive. Please submit all questions via email to:

I will do my best to answer every question that comes in to the best of my ability. Please keep in mind, however, that my business experience may differ from yours, and the things I write here are general advice and not strict business recommendations. Every business has different variables, and will differ wildly. There are many underlying themes in business though which will lead to prosperity. That’s what I’ll be focusing on.

Strap in, get your notepads out, and let’s ride this business train together my friends! I look forward to helping you all on your journeys to creating flourishing businesses which you can be proud of, which will help feed your families, and which will hopefully help make this world a more beautiful place.

Onward, Bears!

-Woodshop Bear


3000 Members In Our Business Group!: This Week On Our Community App!



Our thriving business group hosts 3,000 members, from small solo entrepreneurs to developed companies. This week, we aim to give more exposure and introductions to the businesses of Beartaria.

We encourage the businesses of Beartaria to introduce themselves and what they do in the business group and the local state groups. We invite our community to jump into these groups to see what is going on!

This can help the wider community know that you are on the app and what you do.
As a community app that doesn’t do paid ads, lots of generic posts that just advertise your business can be a little bland.

Let’s add some value to it, here are some ideas that can help make a good introduction:

  • What do you do?
  • How did you get started?
  • Where are you located?
  • Why do you love what you do?
  • What are your goals?
  • How has Beartaria helped your business, whether directly or through the integration of values and practices?
  • Do you have any big lessons learned through your experience that could help others?
  • Let’s see some pictures or videos of your work!

We look forward to seeing all the great businesses and professionals at work in Beartaria!


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If you are interested in joining our community app, you can try it out with a 7 day free trial at

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Former NASA Mechanic Secured To Design Classical Learner’s Elementary STEM Program

“Skills create opportunities, and we can use those skills to guide our children to become young entrepreneurs and create opportunities for themselves.”



We have received word from Brett Pike at that former NASA mechanic and industrial engineer Mark Thaxton has been secured to design Classical Learner’s homeschool elementary STEM program.

Mark has vast experience as a helicopter mechanic in the Marines, a wind tunnel mechanic at NASA, and currently an industrial engineer in the truck industry.

This is big news for the growing homeschool curriculum and social network.
While Brett’s expertise in American history and entrepreneurial education has launched Classical Learner and Homeschools Connected to success, the new STEM program is set to take Classical Learner to a new level of in-depth science, technology, engineering, and math studies.

Brett told a reporter at Beartaria Times,

“We as parents can teach our children real skills for the real world from a very young age. Skills create opportunities, and we can use those skills to guide our children to become young entrepreneurs and create opportunities for themselves.”

Brett Pike

Engineer Mark Thaxton added,

“I aim to help the youth truly understand the most basic fundamental concepts used in making and designing all we do and see.
We can erase the stigma that engineering language and concepts are too abstract for anyone to learn and understand.
I want to eliminate the “magic” behind the way things work and give that “magic” names, logic, and ways to use them throughout life.
The ultimate goal of these lessons is to use basic fundamental concepts as the base of your learning castle. I sincerely hope that when learning something new and complicated in the future, our students will be able to draw a parallel to these courses, which will aid in understanding those future concepts.”

Congratulations Brett and Mark!

We are excited to see this develop and the response from Classical Learner’s growing community of homeschoolers.

@ClassicalLearner on The Beartaria Times to connect with Brett.

@Thaxton Bear on The Beartaria Times App to connect with Mark.

For a three-day free trial and to support Beartaria Times, you can sign up to Classical Learner’s Homeschools Connected platform with an affiliate link,

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One Man’s Trash…

The smooth, soft feel of the flats and curves. The smell of the copper oxide on my skin and the sound of the various pieces as they fell into one another. It all intrigued me and seemed to intensify as time passed. 



By: MrWhitBear

As a lifelong copperhead, I found myself wondering what I was going to do with this industrial storage tote filled to the brim with all things copper.  It was a treasure trove collected from years of being a commercial plumber. From the early years of re-plumbing our family’s laundromat business with my Pop to the water conditioning business, we started together that failed. That tote had been many a mile on more adventures than anyone of us could account for. After that final attempt, we closed that tote up and packed it away. 

I would open it from time to time to get something or drop something in and reminisce over pieces that brought me back to that moment and place. The jobs my wife and I worked together to make ends meet; So many pieces and parts in various states of patina. 

The smooth, soft feel of the flats and curves. The smell of the copper oxide on my skin to the sound of the various pieces as they fell into one another. It all intrigued me and seemed to intensify as time passed. 

We had always intended to just take it to the recycling center, and albeit nearly did when things got really lean in the last few years, (that’s another story.) 

But God in his mercies had another plan

Those rosey-colored bits of beauty were called out of that dusty old tote into the light and brought back to life for another purpose that I could have never imagined. 

Then one day, I realized that in my love for all things copper, I was not alone. 

Imagine my surprise when listening to a Biocharisma podcast and seeing the sultan of the Gardenians light up like a kid talking about copper garden tools. My mind wandered off to that tote. 

“Huh, I wonder.” 

Over the years, all sorts of odd inventions were created from that box of scraps, but this was by far on another level of magnitude; could it be done?

My dad’s voice echoed through my head 

“See a need fill a need, son.”

The Bears need copper tools to make their gardens flourish. Many tools were forged out of that treasure trove of leftovers, and we’ve had to buy most of this year’s supply to keep up with demand. 

The first trowel had to go to Topher as a tribute to the legend for the inspiration, of course. Unfortunately, the prices of components prohibit keeping costs as low as we’ve wanted. We still keep it near cost for our Bear families, and thanks to them and the grace of God, we’ve grown in skill and productivity. 

Now my hobby pays for itself, and a bit left over for the bee’s new boxes and some fresh paint this season.

Bee Alchemy helped me turn copper into liquid gold…

It was great meeting so many of you at the Festival!

God bless.

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